This underground community is a safe space for queer people.
“So our community is like stepping into the closet of Narnia,” explained Precious from Viceland’s new series “My House.” “You see these beautiful drag queens, you see these women of trans experience. But it’s definitely like a community within a community and it’s definitely a safe zone for us.”
Precious and Alex Mugler are costars on “My House,” which explores ball culture in 2018.
“Ballroom is subculture,” Alex explained. “It’s an event that has categories that deal in dance, fashion, social class. In it, you basically win prizes and trophies. But more to me, ballroom is a freedom of self-expression in the LGBT community.”
The ‘90s documentary “Paris Is Burning” gave the world an intimate look at the New York ball scene throughout the 1980s. But little has brought it into the mainstream since. For Alex and Precious, “My House” shows the landmark queer film’s legacy.
“The nine time out of ten I was told no, I knew that there was still one yes out there,” Precious explained. “And I had to motivate myself and keep myself pushing forward, because I had to tell people I have a voice and I’m not scared to use it no more.”